Travel / Tourism

Hyatt to buy Two Roads Hospitality for $ 480m; to establish new lifestyle division

Views - 4 Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:23

Hyatt has signed an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, a hotel management company that comprises Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts brands. Through the addition of Two Roads, its esta

Gulf Air introduces new baggage policy

Views - 6 Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:22

(Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain): Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will launch a new and simplified baggage policy providing more choice and clarity to its customers. The current weight concept will be replaced by a harmonised pi

Sri Lanka needs to attract high spending tourists

Views - 9 Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:19

The University of Colombo organised on 5 October at BMICH the tourism leaders’ conference titled ‘Integration of Global Value Chains for Sustainable Tourism Development: Way Forward for Sri Lanka Tourism: Together Sri Lanka Tourism for All’.

PM Chief Guest at THASL AGM today

Views - 19 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:28

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL), with a plan to develop more employment opportunities in and foreign exchange earnings to the country, will hold its 53rd Annual General Meeting at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo on 17 October.

Cinnamon Air to launch daily flights from Cultural Triangle to south coast

Views - 144 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, is gearing up to meet the demand for domestic air travel this Winter (Northern Hemisphere) by introducing their newest daily scheduled flight route from the cultural city of Sigiriya to Sri Lanka

Hotel Topaz hosts Mrs. World 2018

Views - 41 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Beauty is universal. With the recent crowning of Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World and Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2018, the country was already in the beauty pageant hype. Mrs. World 2018 Alice Lee Giannetta was the Guest of Honor at the Mrs. Sri

Business Traveller best airline alliance award makes it a double six for oneworld

Views - 14 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

oneworld has been named Best Airline Alliance for the sixth year in a row in the 2018 Business Traveller awards – ensuring oneworld remains the current holder of six of the leading “best airline alliance” titles available in the various industr

Sri Lanka Tourism, Aitken Spence host fellowship for global media covering SL-England cricket series

Views - 54 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism and Aitken Spence Hotels and Resorts hosted a fellowship for international and local journalists covering the ongoing cricket tournament between Sri Lanka and England.  The fellowship, attended by a large number of foreign journal

World’s biggest female-only adventure challenge, Raid Amazones kicks off

Views - 139 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

270 women participants touched down on Thursday, 11 October, at the Bandaranaike International Airport to participate in the world’s biggest female-only adventure challenge. The first of two legs to be held in Sri Lanka, the adventure portion of th

CHSGA holds 47th AGM, re-elects Samantha Gunarathne as President

Views - 48 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

The Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) announced the re-election of Samantha Gunarathne as President for the second term at their 47th AGM held recently at Araliya Green City, a newly opened five-star property in Nuwara Eliya. During t

SampathCards offers 40% savings at Cinnamon Resorts Sri Lanka and Maldives

Views - 48 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Continuing to help cardholders make the best of their holiday, SampathCards is offering an amazing discount of 40% at nine Cinnamon Resorts around Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

BMICH wins Gold at South Asian Travel Awards in Mumbai

Views - 44 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

The BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognisable and iconic landmark won the Gold Award as South Asia’s leading meeting and convention venue at the prestigious South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) ceremony held in Mumbai, India recently.

Viluxur Holidays bags two prestigious awards at World Travel Awards 2018

Views - 38 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

Viluxur Holiday’s luxury Business to Consumer (B2C) travel platforms, OV Holidays and Taya Finch, were lauded at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2018.

Celebrating World Tourism Day in Jaffna with a commitment to digital future

Views - 75 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

The World Tourism Day in Sri Lanka was ceremonially inaugurated in the Northern Province on 26 September under the patronage of top Government officials and several other distinguished guests.

Big draw for Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 45 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

The evaluation process of Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018, arguably the biggest event on the country’s tourism event calendar, is currently underway with an unprecedented level of private sector involvement, Project Coordinator Trevine Gomez said.

Sri Lanka tourism promotion at Senior Fair in Stockholm

Views - 85 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm promoted Sri Lanka tourism at the Senior Fair held in Stockholm on 2-4 October. The Senior Fair is Sweden’s largest meeting place for active seniors in the country. The Sri Lanka stand was inaugurated with the

Air receives four stars in APEX Official Airline Ratings award

Views - 22 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has received a four star rating in the category of Major Regional Airline in the 2019 APEX Official Airline Ratings. Held in Boston on 24 September, the awards ceremony took place during APEX E

Mahoora celebrates 2 decades of curating life-changing journeys

Views - 39 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Safaris are life-changing experiences interspersed with the delight of discovery. Providing guests an unsurpassed Sri Lankan wildlife experience, delivering legendary hospitality in rustic yet sophisticated interiors, the pioneer of private tented sa

Havas Media along with agxa wins digital media mandate for Sri Lanka Tourism

Views - 140 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Following a multi-agency pitch, Havas Media India (Havas Media is the main media brand in the Havas Group and operates in 144 countries) partnering with the local partner in Sri Lanka, agxa, won the digital media mandate of Sri Lanka Tourism Promoti

Alipay launches its mobile payment acceptance at Colombo Airport

Views - 436 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Flemingo Duty Free, Cargills Bank and Supreme Paysez signed a strategic partnership agreement to roll out the Alipay mobile payment gateway in Colombo Airport’s duty free shops of Flemingo. A joint marketing arrangement is now in place, for Fleming

Closenberg: Old world charm at its best

Views - 103 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

By Sharmini Serasinghe For those who wish to turn back the clock and go back in time, to a period when life was free of stress as we know it today, Closenberg is where you find it. Time stands still at Closenberg, as its colonial splendour, coupled w

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive addresses IPEC 2018 in Doha

Views - 19 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker addressed key government, economic and business leaders on the opening day of the International Products Exhibition and Conference (IPEC) 2018, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Cent

YOUNG Skål, the future voice of tourism

Views - 27 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Skål International Sri Lanka, an organisation consisting of professionals from the tourism and hospitality industry, launched YOUNG Skål, a forum created to groom future leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry. It offers a platform for upc

Tourism infrastructure development drive in north: SLTDA opens Comfort Centres in Talaimannar

Views - 74 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

As part of its comprehensive plans to develop tourism in the Northern Province, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) declared open the newly constructed Comfort Centres at Talaimannar for the use of local and foreign tourists visit

Eco-friendly miniature theme park Minilanka Heritage Park to be launched by ICT4SIDS

Views - 366 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

The representative for ICT4SIDS in the Indian Ocean Region, Vittorio Coco, on Tuesday announced the initiation and planning phase of the Minilanka Heritage Park, an ambitious, multi-stakeholder tourism project aimed at furthering Sri Lanka’s effort

Diethelm Travel Group acquires Travel Center Asia

Views - 44 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Diethelm Travel Group has acquired Travel Center Asia (TCA), one of Thailand’s leading DMCs. The two Bangkok-based companies will now merge and will continue to operate under Diethelm Travel branding as of 1 November 2018. Boasting over six decades

Mastercard welcomes BIA Palm Strip Lounge to LoungeKey program

Views - 63 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Mastercard announced the inclusion of the refurbished Palm Strip Lounge located in the International Departures area of the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to its globally acclaimed LoungeKey airport access program. The move is set to tran

Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018 hosts Olivier Billion to talk about using influencer marketing for branding

Views - 37 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

An international expert in influencer marketing, Olivier Billion, Founder and CEO of Ykone, will be speaking at Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, the third edition of its biennial conference, to be held on 30 October at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. He will talk ex

Tourist Information Centre at BIA gets new look

Views - 98 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

In a bid to serve tourists faster and better, the 20-year-old Tourist Information Centre at the Bandaranaike International Airport operated by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau which was recently refurbished was opened to the public recently.

Emirates thrills film buffs with over 1,000 movies on board

Views - 14 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Film fans travelling on Emirates can now look forward to even more choice as ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment sys tem, reaches a new milestone by offering over 1,000 movies – more than any other airline. The films are in additi

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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B

Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U

Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines

Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel

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